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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th July 1973 Peter Shaffers Equus, premieres in London
26th July 1973 Underworld actress Kate Beckinsale born in London.
26th July 1966 England beat Portugal 2-1 at Wembley Stadium to reach the World Cup Final.
26th July 1950 Born today: Susan George, London England, actress (Straw Dogs, Mandingo)
26th July 1895 Born today: Jerry Verno, London England, actor (River of Unrest, Sweeney Todd)
26th July 1895 Born today: Robert Graves, London England, writer/poet (I Claudius) [or 6/26]
26th July 1891 Henry James' American, premieres in London
26th July 1842 Born today: Alfred Marshall, London, economist
26th July 1802 Born today: Winthrop Mackworth Praed, London, poet/politician
Richard Branson Lived here
This is where Virgin man Richard Branson once lived
Location: 11 Holland Park, London
Description: This is where Richard Branson once called home - his London pile in Holland Park.
The billionaire originally bought it as an investment and for Virgin's foreign-based staff to use when they were in London for training, although it later became the family home.
The Grade II listed building is five storeys high and has 12 bedrooms and a swimming pool.
As well as the London property, Sir Richard also owns a 120-acre estate in Kidlington, near Oxford, where the couple tend to stay when they are in the UK, and an 8million apartment in Sydney harbour, which he bought when Virgin Blue Airlines, which covers Australia and New Zealand, was launched.
In addition he also owns Necker and a private game reserve in South Africa.
Sir Richard previously owned a second property in Holland Park, next door to his current home, which he bought in 1988 for less than 2million as a wedding present for his wife, and sold in 2000 for 8million.
In 2006 it put on the market for 17.5m.